10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

POPULAR: Enjoy free entry to the interactive Rescue exhibition.
POPULAR: Enjoy free entry to the interactive Rescue exhibition. Contributed

1 Rescue and recovery shows

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl, Nicholas St
  • Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm

INTERACTIVE children's show Rescue will put attendees in charge of land, sea and air rescues.

It features a full-size helicopter simulator, Jet Ski simulators and plenty of pretend rescue situations.

The gallery is also exhibiting Recovery:

The Flood Objects Project; a collection of paintings by artist Deb Mostert, inspired by objects salvaged from the 2011 floods.

The works depict much-loved and symbolic possessions of local people affected by the tragic floods, two years on from the event.

Free entry.

Visit to find out more.


2 Snowfest Ipswich

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich
  • Today, 10am-5pm

EXPERIENCE snow in Ipswich.

Attendees can play in piles of artificial snow, and try tubing, tobogganing and making snow angels and snowmen.

There will also be BMX and scooter demonstrations, and prizes and giveaways.

A sausage sizzle will be held, with food available for purchase. Tickets cost $10 per person or $30 per family of four, which allows for two sessions of 10 minutes each on the snow.

Phone Ray on 0411 420 973 with any queries.


3 Free dance school open day

  • South Street Centre, 9 South St, Ipswich
  • Tomorrow, 2pm-4pm

WATCH dance demonstrations and take part in free Zumba and Global Grooves lessons at the launch of Hip Twitch School of Global Grooves. Belly dancing and hopping are two of the genres that will be showcased.

There will also be market stalls selling food, drinks, dance costumes and home wares, along with free exotic food tastings.

Global Grooves is a fusion of global dances.

Search for Hip Twitch School of Global Grooves on Facebook or phone principal Idell on 0448 326 246 to find out more.


4 LEGO-building

  • Cambrian Choir Hall, 10 South Station Rd, Booval
  • Today, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm

CHILDREN of all ages can create LEGO and Duplo masterpieces at this special holiday event.

Tickets cost $9.50 for children aged three and over and $2 for infants. Adults accompanying children are free.

Tickets must be pre-purchased at

Phone Tammy on 0403 770 688 to find out more.


5 Thomas the Tank Engine

  • The Workshops Rail Museum, North St, North Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm

MEET the Fat Controller and Thomas and his friends at the Day out with Thomas special exhibition. Children can listen to stories and take part in craft activities.

The By the Seaside-themed event is aimed at giving children a taste of the British seaside, as well as allowing them to meet their fictional train heroes.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $11.50 for children aged three to $15 and is free for children aged under three.

Find out more at or by phoning 3432 5100.


6 Visit nature centre

  • Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park, Milford St
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-4pm

SPEND a day with the family exploring the Ipswich Nature Centre this weekend.

Check out the native and barnyard animals on display, and be sure to visit the special bilby enclosure.

The Centre also features a large native bird enclosure and reptile display.

Visit to find out more.


7 Steampunk workshop

  • The Dark Magician, 1 Bell St, Ipswich
  • Today, 10.30am-1.30pm

BUILD your own deluxe Steampunk goggles, with assistance from Dark Magician co-owner Cassandra Booth.

The workshop is suitable for people aged 10 years and over, with younger children requiring parental assistance.

All materials provided, but attendees can bring extra items if desired. The workshop costs $45, including materials and use of equipment.

Phone Cassandra on 0450 977 373.


8 Springfield market

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Education City Dve, Springfield Central
  • Today, 7am-12pm

STOCK up on freshly-picked and home-made produce, fresh flowers, plants and more.

Food stalls will sell breakfast and take-home items. Children can enjoy face painting, and a masseuse will be on site to help relieve aches and pains.


9 Explore-a-saurus

  • Queensland Museum, South Bank Cultural Precinct, South Brisbane
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm

TEST your strength against a T-Rex jaw, uncover fossils and bones at a dig site and learn how dinosaurs lived at the Queensland Museum.

The exhibition features animatronic versions of dinosaurs, including the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Visit or phone 3840 7555 to find out more.


10 Country market

  • Fernvale State Primary School grounds, Brisbane Valley Hwy
  • Tomorrow, 6am-noon

RISE and shine early to find a bargain at the Fernvale Country Markets tomorrow.

Stalls at the country market will sell farm-fresh produce, antiques and second-hand items, plants and handmade soaps and gifts. The school grounds are located about half and hour from Ipswich.

Free entry, on-street parking available.

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